The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates Last Updated: Jun 20, 2014 - 5:05:44 PM


St. Andrew’s Kirk/McDonald’s deliver on 200-backpack promise
By Matt Maura, BIS
Sep 1, 2012 - 12:29:27 PM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page
myphoto_51__1.jpg
Two hundred students from the Bain and Grants Town Community were presented with backpacks stuffed with school supplies on August 31 ahead of the 2012-2013 school year as a result of a donation by officials of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk and McDonald's Restaurants. A portion of the large group are pictured showing off their backpacks along with Kirk officials and officials from the Bain and Grants Town Urban Renewal Project Office (West). (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

NASSAU, The Bahamas --- Officials of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk and McDonald’s Restaurants delivered on their promise to donate 200 backpacks to inner-city school children August 31, during a presentation at the Kirk Hall.

Inner-city youth from the Bain and Grants Town community were presented with the backpacks ahead of the opening of most schools Monday, Sept. 3. Donated by McDonald’s Restaurants, the backpacks were stuffed with school supplies bought by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk.

The children were chaperoned by members of the Bain and Grants Town Urban Renewal Project Office with whom the Kirk has partnered on a number of community projects.

“Today was an important day for us in that we had a few of our members here in terms of persons such as Dr. Davidson Hepburn and Mr. Peter Bates and it is important for the community to know that there is a team of people here, working to help our community,” Reverend Bryn MacPhail, Pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk said.

“It is important for them to know that the congregation here is onboard with the vision to reach our community and this is just a small step in that direction to tell the community that we sincerely care about them and that we want them and their children to succeed,” Reverend MacPhail added.

The fulfilment of the promise came just one week after Kirk officials donated 12 “fully loaded” backpacks to students from the Bain and Grants Town community as a reward for the children’s “enthusiastic participation” in the Kirk’s Tutoring Programme. The 12 were also presented with gift certificates to Sandy’s.

Reverend MacPhail said the give-a-ways are in line with the Kirk’s vision statement of: “Pursuing Christ-likeness and community transformation according to the Word of God.”

myphoto_53__1.jpg
Miss Bethlee Gardiner, centre, who will enter the 11th grade at the CR Walker Secondary School when the new school year opens, received a special commendation for completing the 2011-2012 school year with a 3.73 Grade Point Average. Miss Gardiner is pictured with (from left) Reverend Bryn MacPhail, Pastor, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk and Mrs. Diana Bullard, a community and youth manager/organiser in the Bain and Grants Town Community. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

“We are forging healthy relationships with our community and one of the ways to do that is to be generous with those who might need a little bit of help,” Reverend MacPhail said. “We understand that it can be expensive to furnish kids with clothes and supplies for school and so we wanted to step forward and assist as part of our ongoing collaboration with the Bain and Grants Town Urban Renewal (Project Office).

“McDonald’s has been a very generous partner in our efforts to help the community by donating 200 backpacks and so our obligation was merely to fill them with things. McDonald’s has also been generous in providing special dinners for the children and free sandwich coupons to further assist them,” Reverend MacPhail added.

Reverend MacPhail said the enthusiasm and gratitude of the children receiving the backpacks was heartwarming.

“It feels good to know that you are giving them a boost for their school year, that you’re equipping them to have a good start, but I think what is most gratifying for me is we have been doing this, or things like this … that I am seeing the same children and watching them grow up, and so its most rewarding for me to see the life changes in some of these boys and girls.

“ I just hope the Lord has me here long enough to see them all the way to the finish line,” Reverend MacPhail added.


Bookmark and Share


© Copyright 2012 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

Bahamas Information Services Updates
Latest Headlines
Bahamas Finance State House Communication (2nd Reading) on VAT Bill
US Embassy International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Calls on Bahamas Minister of Health
Bahamas Governor General greets Chinese Ambassador
Eighteen Bahamians Awarded Scholarships to Study in China
"Sea Floor Bahamas," world's first undersea post office commemorated
Prime Minister Christie's House Communication on Bahamas Constitutional Bills
Peace Ambassador of Urban Renewal calls on Bahamas Governor General
Minister Fitzgerald Discussed Data-Driven Policies to Spur Lifelong Learning at Public School Administrators’ Workshop
Englerston Urban Renewal Back-to-School Giveaway
Bahamas Office of the Attorney General & Ministry of Legal Affairs Farewell Reception‏
Bahamas Female Parliamentarians on Constitutional Referendum Campaign
Honorary Consul Michael Fountain Commissioned‏
First Bahamian ICAO Aerodrome Inspectors Graduate
Bahamas Is Economic Majority Owner of BTC
Mitchell Responds to Newspaper Headline: “Three Shot During Fox Hill Day”
PM Christie Addresses Fox Hill Day Church Audience‏
National Museum’s Chief Curator Inducted into Commonwealth Association of Museums’ Prestigious Cowrie Circle
Dame Ivy Presents Book to the Bahamas Governor General‏
Prime Minister Christie remarks at CANTO Conference Opening
Urban Renewal Technical Centre planned for Elizabeth Estates‏
Royal Bahamas Defence Force Receives Ambulance from U.S. Embassy
Bahamas Constitution Bills to Send “Clear Message’ Internationally
Bahamas Parliament cannot afford to ‘drop the ball’ on Constitution Amendment Bills
Bahamian Holidays Announced for 2014
Bahamas Public Service HR Managers Train in Industrial Relations
Urban Renewal Foundation calls on Bahamas Governor General‏
Minister Griffin Welcomes U.S. Charge d’Affaires to New Location
International Telecommunications Union call‏s on Bahamas Prime Minister
Prime Minister of The Bahamas Addresses Z Bandits Summer Camp‏
Bahamas National Prescription Drug Plan statement‏ by Shane Gibson
Gabrielle Moss is 2014 All-Bahamas Merit Scholar
Monument to be Erected in Memory of Fox Hill Shooting Victims
Minister Gibson Updates on Bahamas National Prescription Drug Plan
Bahamas Constitutional Commission Information Forum Schedule
Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries Marching Band calls on Consul General Ricardo Treco
Brian Simms Sworn In as Acting Bahamas Supreme Court Justice
Bahamas Foreign Affairs statement on Tribune Report on RBDF Tribunal Hearing
Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister congratulates Jamaica on their Indepenence
Baha Mar's Senior Executives call on Bahamas Labour Minister
Bahamas Crawfish Season 2014/15 opens August 1st